What’s In A Name?

I just ordered this:

And this:

And I had them both monogrammed with the same letter.

Which means that we picked Baby’s name! Actually there’s a frontrunner and a backup name, but they both have the same first initial. We’re pretty sold on the frontrunner, but we wanted another option, just in case she came out looking nothing like our favorite name. Or in case, like, Jessica Simpson randomly names her baby the same thing.

Here’s the part where I’m an asshole and say that I’m not going to tell you the name until the baby is born. It’s more fun to leave something for a surprise, right?

Right? Sorry. Don’t kill me.

I love talking about names. I could talk about them all day long. I always thought picking a name would be the most fun ever. Until I had to do it. Everything was either too popular or way too bizarre, with very little middle ground. I didn’t think we were ever going to find a name we truly loved. Until we did. It was definitely an intuitive a-ha moment. To me, the feeling was similar to finding the perfect wedding dress.

So tell me. How did you pick your child’s name? And did you spill the beans before its birth? Or, if you don’t have a little one, what’s your favorite name and why?

10 thoughts on “What’s In A Name?

  1. For a long time all our baby naming conversations consisted of either me or my husband suggesting a name and the other person rejecting it outright. And then suddenly we agreed, and it was perfect. We had one girl’s name and two boys names at the ready, but didn’t share them before birth. I didn’t want anyone’s input! It actually took us a good hour to finalize our name after Colin was born, but now I can’t imagine him as anyone but that!

  2. can’t wait to here the final decision!!! once we picked the name it was so nice to refer to her with a name for the remainder of the pregnancy- made her human and so much less abstract!

    getting so excited for you 🙂

  3. Obviously I’m dying to hear your name choice for Baby Best – you know how important I think names are! Like Ann, it took us forever to actually agree on a name. When we did, we had just one boy name and one girl name because I didn’t know what the sex would be. So then Liam was born, and he got the boy name, and a few years later when we found out Teagan was a girl, she got the “rollover” name from the first pregnancy because we still liked it.:) Then we talked middle names to death… I’m so excited for you two!

  4. One of the fun things about not finding out the sex is being able to share your names. We had a girl name and a boy name picked out since before we were even married! I was very open about telling people — partially because I wanted to “reserve” them. It was also cool, when he was finally born, for my husband to say “it’s Tucker!” rather than “it’s a boy!”

    1. AAAAA, so you had your baby and it’s a boy! Congrats! Tucker is a wonderful name. I’ve been thinking about you and hope you’re doing well. Can’t wait to see your first blog post post baby…whenever you are ready, of course.

  5. So exciting for you guys! I agree, baby naming seems like it would be fun, but in our house it is agonizing. Abigail didn’t have a name for 24 hours after she was born and we definitely aren’t anywhere close on the name for baby #2. I blame it on Colin – the name veto king. But I couldn’t agree with you more in keeping the name to yourself. Getting two people to agree is hard enough…no need to add other opinions to the mix!

    1. Jess, I have to agree with the no need to add other people part! Is baby # 2 a boy or girl, or do you know? I actually love the name Colin. I think I knew him for 4 years before I knew his real name!

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